If you’re familiar with American Pickers, then you know Danielle Colby. If you know Danielle Colby, then you’ll likely recognize her passion for burlesque. It seems like she’s dressing up at every opportunity. It’s no surprise then that Halloween is up there among her favorite holidays.
This year, she went as a scintillating leopard in holding with her risqué hobbies. Well, it just so happens that her costume is that of a large jungle cat. And guess what just dropped on Netflix? That’s right. Tiger King 2.
The American Pickers star took full advantage of the occasion and used the opportunity to call back to her costume from a few weeks ago. “I’ll be watching the whole thing like this. Don’t mind me!” Colby writes in her caption. We’d love to hear Joe Exotic’s thoughts on the matter.
Then again, maybe that’s not a good idea. He’s currently serving a 22-year sentence in prison. Though, it looks like he may get re-sentenced and be released far sooner. Nevertheless, he and Tiger King fans everywhere would surely appreciate Danielle Colby’s enthusiasm.
So when you Outsiders go to flip Tiger King 2 on this weekend, know that Colby is somewhere out there dressed up in a leopard costume watching the same thing.
What Led ‘American Pickers’ Star Danielle Colby to Burlesque in the First Place?
Danielle Colby and Mike Wolfe of American Pickers are both products of the Midwest. Yet on the surface, they don’t seem like similar people at all. Colby is tattooed and passionate about striptease, and Mike Wolfe is dedicated to hunting down antiques.
Of course, there’s plenty of overlap in their interests. But the big difference comes from their upbringing. Colby grew up a Jehova’s Witness. And as she matured, she began to distance herself from her childhood religion.
“I grew up a Jehova’s Witness, and all my friends left and were stripping (laughs), so I was like, ‘Oh, it’s the Jehova’s Witness retirement program,'” she said on The Sailor Jerry Podcast recently.
But it wasn’t just an act of rebellion. The American Pickers star discovered that she was actually passionate about the art of the striptease. So much so that she studied its history and became familiar with its aesthetics.
“I don’t know, I just think I fell in love with the culture of it more than anything. Because there are so many different breakdowns of culture within one culture of striptease. So, it’s like, there are worlds within worlds within worlds. That always intrigued me,” she continued.
More than anything, Colby felt welcomed by the burlesque community and found a home doing something she loved. If that ain’t the dream, then we don’t know what is.